Coast Union football fans who missed the home game Friday night, Sept. 22 — but checked the game score over the weekend in the newspaper — were greeted with some distressing news.
“Kings Christian 72, Coast Union 22,” the score read.
Not to worry, Bronco fans: It turns out the score was erroneously reversed, and the 72 points belonged on Coast’s side of the scoreboard.
Heck, everybody makes mistakes. Kings Christian made plenty of them Friday night, opening the door for Coast Union’s young team to dominate the Crusaders on the ground and in the air. Coast (2-2 overall) recovered four Kings Christian fumbles and intercepted one pass.
But it wasn’t just Crusader mistakes that led to Coast’s one-sided win. Offensive coordinator Charlie Casale commented that the Broncos “won the game by hard work in practice last week. … We keep working on the small things in the system that will make us better each week. The players have bought into the vision we have for them.”
Casale, inducted into the Mt. Whitney High School Hall of Fame for his football leadership over 18 years in the San Joaquin Valley (with a 143-69-2 record), said quarterback Riley Kennedy “does a great job as the trigger man” for the team.
After each offensive play, Kennedy hustles to the sideline to chat with Casale and to get the next play he’s asked to run.
“We meet after each play and adjust to what the defense is trying to do against us. I appreciate his input,” Casale wrote in an email interview.
Kennedy led the Broncos to 481 yards of total offense, including 20 first downs. KTEA complied statistics that reflects Kennedy running for three touchdowns (he gained a total of 224 yards from scrimmage) and passing for three more.
Eddie Camacho scored three touchdowns and picked up 61 yards on the ground (including a 52-yard touchdown run). He also caught three passes for 58 yards. Damian Fernandez scored three touchdowns for Coast and gained 211 yards from scrimmage.
The last time a Coast Union team scored that many points, according to MaxPreps, was in 2013, when the Broncos blasted Concordia 76-14 in a November sectional playoff game.
On defense, Brian Bautista led the team with seven tackles (and two assists). Camacho had five tackles and a pair of assists; Fernandez was credited with three tackles. Kennedy and Jose Aguilar each had a pair of tackles.
As to how Camacho, Kennedy and Fernandez rambled for so many yards, Casale credited the front line.
“Our offensive line was knocking (the defense) off the ball,” he said, adding “We are looking forward to league play.”
In fact, the first league game of the season is Friday night, Sept. 29, at Maricopa High School. KTEA-FM (103.5) will broadcast that game live, and it streams on www.1035KTEA.com.